Dear Kildeer Families,
Can you believe it? It's our last blog together for the 20-21 school year. It's been quite the ride, yet we are ending in such a positive way. The end of the year celebrations have filled my heart and I'm incredibly proud of our students, staff, and community for coming together and supporting each other.
There have been a plethora of examples about supporting each other this school year, and one of my favorites was just yesterday. The sidewalks of Kildeer were lined with staff geared up in rain boots and raincoats. Pom-poms, noisemakers, and thoughtful posters were props. We handed out megaphones to a few staff and had our PE teachers play the role of DJ. Our fearless mascot, CJ, even made an appearance!
Additionally, we had our PTO arranging balloons in the wind and rain, while cheering on our 5th graders and handing out gifts. The firetruck and ambulance were a nice touch, too. Most importantly, we had a non-stop flow of 5th graders and families in the car parade. The vehicles were adorned with balloons and the smiles from our students were incredible.
To all of our 5th-graders, you did it! We are proud of you! We wish you the best of luck in your next chapter.
To all of our 5th grade families that are leaving Kildeer for the last time, it has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of your children's educational journey. Thank you for partnering with us along the way and please know we will miss you!
NEW *REQUIRED SUMMER READING & OPTIONAL WEEKLY SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES*
To keep the learning going all summer, District faculty developed a 10-week summer curriculum with required reading for incoming students in KDG–Grade 8 AND optional math review activities. In addition, optional fun activities in the areas of STEM, music, writing, and more are also designated by week. SEE SUMMER ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES
The SUMMER READING webpage includes Book Lists for optional reading for Early Childhood–Grade 5 as well as the required reading assignment for middle school students entering Grades 6–8. Note that required summer reading for students entering KDG–Grade 5 is found in the SUMMER ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES resource, as described above.
Repeat *A Reminder About District Standards for Student Dress*
Appropriately and comfortably dressed students can focus more effectively. As the weather gets warmer and the end of the school year approaches, we remind you of these District standards for student dress that are included in our Parent/Student Handbook. We appreciate your support in enforcing the following guidelines:
1. Dress or appearance that provokes or distracts other students or otherwise causes a disruption to the education process is prohibited.
2. Shoes must be worn at all times.
3. Clothing, jewelry, or accessories may not have writing or pictures that advertise or advocate alcohol, drugs, tobacco, obscenity, violence, or gang activity.
4. Pants must be worn at the waistline.
5. Hats are allowed on designated hat days only.
6. Half shirts, cropped tops, spaghetti straps, and underwear or sleepwear worn as outerwear are not acceptable.
7. Undergarments may not be visible.
8. With the exception of appropriate jewelry, no chains may be worn.
Students who are not in compliance with the student dress code will be asked to comply either by changing to other clothing available at school or by having their parent/guardian bring them different clothing from home.
Repeat *2021–22 School Supply Lists and Kits*
See Info to download grade-level school supply lists or order school supply kits to be delivered directly to your home. (Order kits by July 9 for home delivery by Aug. 13.)
Repeat *Student Report Card Access June 3 After 3 PM*
Your student’s report card will be available for you to access online Thursday, June 3, AFTER 3 PM. If you need assistance, please SEE INSTRUCTIONS TO VIEW YOUR CHILDREN’S REPORT CARDS, to switch between your children’s report cards, and more. Report cards will be available for online access after 3 PM on June 3rd.
Repeat * iPad Exchange Info for ALL KCSD96 Students*
Action needed! This summer District 96 will exchange your student's old iPad, charging cable, charging brick, and iPad case for new equipment. You'll need to schedule an appointment to make the exchange and the exchange must occur before Aug. 1. READ DETAILS about this process and how it affects ALL District 96 students.
KCSD96 Family Technology Hub! The District 96 Family Technology Hub is designed to guide families through technology tools related to Enhanced Remote Learning. On this site, you can find links to the recordings and the corresponding Slides decks for the parent/family informational sessions from last week. You can also find tutorials on how to use ZOOM, Schoology, Seesaw, Clever, Notability, and other iPad essential tools for student learning. Additionally, there is a link to email the technology support desk. Please save or bookmark this site. It will be updated with tools, resources, and tutorials through remote learning to better support your family.
Please email [email protected] with any tech-related support needed.
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In a year that at times felt impossible, let's celebrate that we did it! Parents, you are rock stars. Thanks for hanging in there and for the words of support along the way. Staff, you are incredibly committed to what you do each day for kids. Thanks for your positive impact! Students, YOU are our "why". You kept us all going through such a tricky year. We are so very proud of you and how much you've grown this school year!
I think it's safe to say we are all looking forward to a fresh start in the 21-22 school year. First, let's finish out the school year strong next week. After that, let's take some time to relax and rejuvenate over the summer.
On a personal note, my daughter has her last day of Kindergarten on Tuesday. Can someone tell me how to slow down time?
Enjoy the long weekend and the summer ahead!
Mrs. Vail Kieser